Schroon Lake The third annual Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off was a rousing success.
The event raised more than $1,226 for local emergency services, reported Shelby Davis, who organized the cook off. That’s $500 more than a year ago.
Held in the Mountainside Christian Academy gym, the chili challenge attracted the community’s best cooks competing in four categories — People’s Choice, Best Meaty Chili, Best Veggie Chili and Best Fire/Rescue Squad Chili.
About 150 people attended with 21 chilis entered in the contest.
A highlight of the cook off was an impromptu performance of “O Mistress Mine” in costume by the Adirondack Shakespeare Company.
Witherbee’s Carriage House Restaurant was the big winner, claiming top honors in the meat division with its Witherbee’s Buckboard Chili and in the vegetarian class with its Carriage House Chili.
Ruthie Peterson won the People’s Choice award for her Chili Con-Fusin. Christopher Keller of the North Hudson Fire Department won the Best Fire/Rescue class with his Artery Choke Chili Version 2.0.
The winners were determined by a panel of judges, except the People Choice award. That was selected by people attending and sampling.
1, Ruthie Peterson, Chili Con-Fusion; 2, Myriam Friedman, Myriam’s Meatless Chili; 3, Fran Ramirez, Schroon Lake EMS, Great Bowls of Chili; 4, tie, Sticks & Stones, Olympic Bobsled Beans, and Mountain Lake Services
Best Meaty Chili (top 10)
1, Witherbee’s, Witherbee’s Buckboard Chili; 2, tie, Ruthie Peterson, Chili Con-Fusion, and Christopher Keller, Artery Choke 2.0; 3, Sticks & Stones, Olympic Bobsled Beans; 4, Tom Beach, After Burner; 5, Mountain Lake Services, Best Meat Chili; 6, The Bullhouse, Sausage & Corn Chili; 7, Mr. P’s Mountain Smokehouse, Mr. P’s Award Winning Chili; 8, Tom Beach, Beachies Pride; 9, Lizzie Keays, Black Bean Meaty Chili; 10, Travis and Kierstin Moses, Chili Chili Bang Bang.
Best Veggie Chili
1, Witherbee’s, Carriage House Chili; 2, Shelby’s Kitchen Therapy, Black Bea-no meat in this chili; 3, Myriam Friedman, Myriam’s Meatless Chili; 4, Sticks & Stones, Charlie Sheen’s Beans #winning.
Best Fire/Rescue Squad
1 – Christopher Keller, No. Hudson, Artery Choke Chili Version 2.0; 2, Tom Beach, After Burner; 3, Tom Beach, Beachies Pride.
All proceeds will benefit the Schroon Lake EMS Squad, and will go toward the purchase of training, materials and gear.